A good year after the beginning of the "Arab Spring" Archbishop Ludwig Schick visited Tunisia. On our site interview, the chairman of the Commission for the Universal Church of the German Bishops' Conference talks about the lively Catholic minority church in the country.

Interviewer: What have you found of the freedom you hoped for in Tunisia??

Schick: Hope is there. And Christians always have hope. This is also true for Christians in Tunisia. I experienced a very lively church there. A very small church that says about itself: "We are a church of foreigners for foreigners". Almost all priests and religious are not from Tunisia, but from Spain, France, England or Argentina. But they work very much, very well and very effectively. Above all, they care about the people who, as they did, immigrate to Tunisia. They are mainly black Africans from West Africa; they are a lot of students, because Tunisia is a very developed country. And many see the possibility of moving to Europe later – in order to get better living conditions there.
Interviewer: How can we imagine the life of Christians in Tunisia??

Exactly one week after the catastrophe, Duisburg will commemorate the victims of the Love Parade. The ecumenical service will be attended by high-ranking representatives from politics and the church. Meanwhile, those responsible for the city are coming under increasing prere.

The funeral service will take place at 11.00 o'clock in the Salvatorkirche in the city center instead of, how the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft (SPD) announced on Tuesday in Duesseldorf. According to the Office of the Federal President, Federal President Christian Wulff will take part in the ceremony, along with numerous relatives and friends of the dead. A spokeswoman for the German government also announced the coming of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). The service will be led by Ruhr Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck and the President of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland (EKiR), Nikolaus Schneider.

Broadcast on big screens The Protestant Salvator Church is located in Duisburg's old town, opposite the town hall. The service will reportedly be broadcast on large screens in front of the church on Burgplatz as well as on open spaces in the inner harbor. According to the press spokesman of the Essen diocese, emergency chaplains will be on hand for mourners at the nearby Catholic Carmel Church. Here it could possibly come to an undisturbed meeting of the relatives with representatives of the politics and the churches. The organizers are currently discussing the form of the memorial service, according to the NRW State Chancellery. Minister President Kraft will speak "words of remembrance with the silent participation of the Federal President and the Federal Chancellor" following the ceremony, which will be organized by the churches.

Where is Egypt drifting? A year after the start of the "Arab Spring," the question seems more uncertain than ever. In the West, dealing with the large Christian minority in particular is seen as a litmus test for the success of Egypt's fight for freedom. In an interview, the Coptic Catholic Bishop of Assiut, Kyrillos Kamal William Samaan, looks to the future with great optimism.



CBA: Bishop Kyrillos, a year of dramatic upheavals, hopes, but also religious violence lies behind Egypt. It started with Christians and Muslims demonstrating together for freedom. How much of the common ground of Tahrir Square still exists between the religions?

View inside the church of Saint Mary "St Mary's Catholic Church Dubai" © Harald Oppitz (KNA)

Youth is not only an ie in Rome. Meeting on Friday, well 1.200 Catholics in the United Arab Emirates for the third Catholic Youth Meeting. It is to be the largest meeting of Catholic young people in Arabia.

Not only the leaders of the Federal Republic of Germany commemorate the fall of the Wall 30 years ago at central commemorations in Berlin. Representatives of the churches also praise the peaceful revolution as a "work of many, who deserve thanks and recognition".

Blessed rupert mayer in poing

Church of Blessed Father Rupert Mayer in Poing © Dieter Mayr (KNA)

The parish church of Blessed Rupert Mayer in Poing has been awarded the international prize for sacred architecture. It is awarded by the Italian foundation Frate Sole and is, according to the "Munchner Merkur" with 15.000 euros endowed.

On Sunday Father Henkes is beatified in Limburg. But what does blessed actually mean and where does the word occur in the Bible? Questions for Thomas Soding, professor of the New Testament at the Ruhr University in Bochum.

Bishops between upheaval and departure

For four days the German bishops met for the autumn plenary assembly in Fulda. The refugee crisis set the agenda there, too. Strong signals came from Fulda, says our site editor-in-chief Ingo Bruggenjurgen.

Open for ecumenism

Angela Merkel and Christian Hirte © Swen Pfortner

The German government's new envoy to the East has hardly made any headlines so far. In the context of the Reformation commemoration, Christian Hirte nevertheless emphatically set accents in his constituency around Wartburg Castle.

Jurgen Todenhofer is one of the most vocal critics of the U.S. campaigns against Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. In his new book, the former member of the Bundestag and current media maker also wants to illuminate the "other side" of the coin. In an interview with this site, he talks about his trip to Iraq and his conversations with resistance fighters.